When a doctor or other licensed medical professional performs a birth delivery, they are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner that is in concert with specifically approved medical protocols and standards. The great majority of birth injuries and cerebral palsy birth problems are caused by medical professionals who deviate from those protocols. Cerebral palsy permanently affects the baby’s muscles, muscle coordination, gait, movement, and motor skills. Cerebral palsy affects the brain, which in turn affects the muscles and movement. Cerebral palsy may take months or years before symptoms develop and appear. Because there is a statute of limitations, it is important to consult with an experienced West Virginia cerebral palsy attorney as soon as knowledge of the condition is known. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC represents cerebral palsy victims in West Virginia. A complimentary consultation is immediately available to discuss your case. Keep reading to learn more.
Cerebral Palsy Medical Malpractice Symptoms
There may be various symptoms related to cerebral palsy. Attentive parents often notice these subtle or gross abnormalities that include the following:
- Muscle coordination problems: when a baby’s muscle coordination is less than what is considered normal, cerebral palsy may be involved
- Motor skill problems, including everything from walking, balancing, reaching, holding, grasping, standing and other similar activities
- Seizures: one of the symptoms that results from damage to the brain
- Spasms, involuntary bodily movements: the body may behave in a manner that is independent of the child’s will or intentions
- Failure to develop at normal rates: the baby might not grow or otherwise develop at normal rates
Types of Cerebral Palsy
Various types of cerebral palsy exist, including the following:
- Ataxic cerebral palsy: balance is distorted and depth perception is abnormal.
- Spastic cerebral palsy: the great majority of cerebral palsy falls into this category. Symptoms include movement that is strained, difficult, stiff and unnatural. It is often difficult to grasp, hold and release objects
- Athetoid cerebral palsy: involuntary and spasmodic movement, speech impairment, swallowing problems
Free Consultation with a West Virginia Cerebral Palsy Attorney
It is vital for the parent of a child with cerebral palsy to preserve their rights to their claim for damages. A consultation with an experienced Charleston, WV medical malpractice attorney is highly advisable. Tiano O’Dell, PLLC has been helping victims of cerebral palsy and other medical problems for more than two decades. They have been recognized as Top 100 Trial Lawyers by the American Trial Lawyers Association, in addition to being designated as West Virginia Super Lawyers.
Their clients rated them a perfect 5 out of 5 for their superior client service. A team approach is employed, and the best medical physicians available are utilized in all aspects of the case. Most cases are settled out of court, and in those instances when the insurance company and other responsible parties do not offer a satisfactory amount, your case will be vigorously tried in court before a jury for a court award. There are no fees involved unless we win or settle your case. To schedule your confidential case review, contact Tiano O’Dell, PLLC at (304) 720-6700.